Friday, September 23, 2011 myBiz Blog
Scholarship to attend the Middle East Institute’s annual conference by jhalaas

The UW-Madison Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) announces a scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students to attend the Middle East Institute (MEI) annual conference, "Game Changer: Politics and Policy for a New Middle East," November 16-17, 2011, in Washington, D. C. The annual conference attracts an audience of over 600 attendees, including opinion leaders and policymakers, diplomats and executives, teachers and students, elected officials and the community at large.

Funding from the Donald C. Leidel International Business Scholarship Fund will cover all expenses (e.g. airfare, hotel, conference registration, taxi, etc.) for up to four qualified students to attend the conference.

Donald Leidel is a UW-Madison alumnus and former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain (1983-1986). He is committed to helping students gain knowledge and expertise related to the Middle East. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated academic and career interests in this region.

For details on the program, please visit the website of the Middle East Institute.

Application Information: Application deadline: Friday, October 7 (applications must be received by 9:00 a.m.) Individual interviews: Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 Final decisions will be announced within 24 hours of the final interview.

Interested students should send the following information to Susan Huber Miller, CIBER Managing Director; 975 University Avenue, Room 3121 Grainger Hall; Madison, WI 53706. A PDF of the documents can also be emailed to

  • Résumé
  • Current UW-Madison transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • Names and contact information for two academic references (e.g. current or past professor, TA, etc.)
  • A one-page single spaced essay addressing the following: personal background and specific interest in attending the conference; what you hope to gain by attending; relevant academic work or other activities related to the Middle East; academic and career aspirations; and why you believe you would be a strong University of Wisconsin-Madison representative.